First, the statement of the Acts 29 board-
“It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.”
Unsurprisingly, Driscoll sees this as an attack (because he’s mentally ill and everything that isn’t praise is an attack) and his own board at Mars Hill replies
Earlier today our board chairman, as well as many of our other pastors, received a letter from Matt Chandler, the president of Acts 29. The letter notified us that the board of Acts 29 has removed Pastor Mark and Mars Hill from membership in the Acts 29 church planting network. Our board responded to the letter with the following update to our elders, and we wanted to share it with you as well.
I told the lead pastors at the recent annual retreat that we are making real progress in addressing the serious reconciliation and unhealthy culture issues that have been a part of Mars Hill Church for way too long. And we are. I also told them that more opposition would undoubtedly be coming, and it has. Friendly fire always hurts the most.
Read the rest at Warren’t place. Mark Driscoll is what happens when Churches blindly follow any man (or woman). When a pastor is treated like a god, and his word becomes law, and his actions are above question, you are in a cult.
The only substantive difference between Driscoll and Jim Jones is that Driscoll hasn’t moved to South America. Yet.
If anything wakes the emergents and the seeker sensitives up to the importance of doctrine, Driscoll is a perfect example of the vacuum created and filled when substantive and biblical doctrine is ignored.
The problem with Evans’ ‘theology’ is twofold- first, the Bible knows no such beast as ‘unconditional forgiveness’. Forgiveness is based on repentance and it isn’t the vapid empty ‘hand wave’ that non-theologian journalists wish it was. And second, Christian theology throughout its generations has never attempted to describe such a thing as unconditional forgiveness.
As I’ve said for a good while, forgiveness without repentance is merely permission to continue to rebel.
Evans may be a good writer, but she is an awful theologian. When she tries her hand at it, it just provokes more than a little sighing and a good bit of nausea.
Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll in a letter to his congregation Friday apologized for controversial comments he made in an online discussion forum in 2000. In Mars Hill’s Midrash forum, posts from which resurfaced and circulated this week, Driscoll posted blunt and emotional comments critical of feminism, same-sex sexual behavior, and “sensitive emasculated” men, all under the pseudonym “William Wallace II.” “While the discussion board itself was a bad idea, my decision to attack critics who were posting there (I did so by posting under the character ‘William Wallace II’) was an even worse idea,” Driscoll said in his letter Friday, provided to CT. “I was wrong to respond to people the way I did, using the language I used, and I am sorry for it and remain embarrassed by it.”
The problem, as is always the case with Driscoll, is that he isn’t ‘sorry’ until things come to light. He’s not sorry he did things and said things, he’s sorry that he was found out. This is a pattern with Driscoll- do something unchristian- say nothing about it until exposed- ‘apologize’ profusely once caught. All the while continuing to use inappropriate language AND muzzling or outright throttling any questions from within.
Driscoll is a petty tyrant, empowered by the blindness of his followers. They are as responsible for the Frankenstein they have stitched together as Frankenstein is for his behavior.
What the IDF needed was a total victory. “Rocket factories can be destroyed,” said Anthony. “Weapon factories can be destroyed. Terrorists can be eliminated. Tunnels can be dug out.” But it could only happen if America resisted the temptation to criticize Israel or to stop the operation. “Hamas started this war,” said Anthony. “The soldiers of Israel must smash their skulls and break their spines.” When he said that, a standing-room crowd of pastors and activists and politicians rose to its feet, waving the twin flags of the countries God loved.
Not since the Office of the Holy Inquisition fulfilled it’s mission of murder in the 16th century have people calling themselves Christians been filled with such hatred as Hagee and his heretics.
Let me be blunt: if you support, send money to, pray for the success of, or in any way aid in the furtherance of the work that Hagee is attempting- you are outside Christ and know nothing of the Gospel. You, like he, love death, not God. You, like Hagee, are a servant of Satan, disguising yourself, as Hagee does, as an ‘angel of light’. You hold a false Gospel and in accordance with the truth of Scripture,
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (Gal 1:8-9)
The ‘gospel’ Hagee preaches is a LIE. He is accursed.
I know- the title makes little sense. But that’s fitting, since neither does the entire concept of Christian Rap which, like Christian ‘pop’ and ‘rock’, is a sort of music performed by persons who can’t make it in mainstream music, so they change a few words in their songs, profess faith, and become ‘stars’ among the alternative Christian emergent seeker sensitive prosperity gospel lot.
And if they can’t make it there, they return to their former habitat after questing for fame by ‘abandoning their faith’ (because atheism, like homosexuality, sells).
A popular rapper who admitted to being worshiped by fans and who once claimed to have ‘found God’ and professedly ‘hopped to Christianity’ has released a profanity-laced video claiming that he has fallen away from the faith.
“If Hell is truly Your pit of fire and I get thrown in it, I’ma probably regret the fact that I ever wrote this [expletive],” Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known to fans as “Hopsin,” raps in a new song called Ill Mind of Hopsin 7. “I hopped to Christianity so strongly, then I fell out. Now I’m avoiding questions like a scared dog with his tail down.”
In 2012, during an interview with HardKnock TV, Hopsin stated that he had turned to God and wanted to follow a path of holiness.
“I feel like God is just telling me what I need to do and He’s showing me the light,” he explained. “I’ve been working on my relationship with God … [and] it gets to a point where you don’t want to walk down the sinful road anymore.”
Christianity as publicity stunt. Hell burns hotter for such.
“I have found God and I see things differently,” Hopsin continued. “I feel like God is going, ‘No, don’t lose hope ’cause these humans are driven by the ways of the flesh and they are all brainwashed.’ God is saying, ‘Just stick with Me, Marcus, and everything is going to be good. Just follow My lead and everything is going to be good.’”
Please shut up and never talk about theological themes again Mr Spin.
But he also commented on how he had observed the youth praise and worship him as a performer on stage.
“They praised me,” Hopsin said. “They almost worshiped me, and it threw my mind off because I’ve never been in that type of situation or position in my whole entire life.”
Insert copious amounts of vomit here.
As long as people forget that, or never learn it in the first place, these idiotic and pointless arguments will continue. Scripture doesn’t care about your theory of the ‘how’-ness of it all. It’s concern is the ‘why’-ness.
Grow up, all of you.
Below are two photos. One of Joel Watts and one of Bryan Lewis. I understand your confusion if you think they’re actually Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. What you don’t realize is that Joel Watts IS Joel Osteen, and Bryan Lewis IS Rick Warren. They go by their screen names online in order to cozy up to actual scholars because they aren’t.
And now you know the rest of the story… When next you speak to Joel Watts, you’re actually speaking to the arch-heretic Joel Osteen. And when you speak to Bryan Lewis, you’re actually conversing with the slightly less heretical Rick Warren. The truth is exposed.